Joanne H. McDowell(1943 - 2018)

EAST WAKEFIELD, N.H. - Joanne H. McDowell, age 75, of Scribner Hill Road in East Wakefield, died Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, peacefully at home.

Born June 3, 1943 in Ipswich, Mass., a daughter of Joseph Blunda and Hilda May (Brockelbank) Blunda Gill, she was raised in Ipswich, a graduate of Ipswich High School. Joanne earned a Bachelor's Degree at Northeastern University.

Prior to retirement, she was employed as a Microbiologist at Hale Hospital in Haverhill, Mass. She raised her children with her first husband William R. Descoteaux in Plaistow, N.H. Joanne resided in Lastingham, York, England for 23 years with her late husband George Q. McDowell.

Joanne was an artist, of oil paintings, water colors and pastels, exhibiting her work at shows. She enjoyed doing doll house miniatures and loved gardening.

Survived by her daughter, Diane and husband Andrew O'Neil and her grandson A.J. O'Neil; her son, William R. Descoteaux, Jr. and her grandchildren, Alexander and Kaylie Descoteaux; her sister, Mary Jane Blunda, her brother, Stephen Blunda, a stepbrother, Douglas Pike, also several nieces and nephews.

SERVICES: A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, 12 p.m. (noon time) at the First Congregational Church of Wakefield, 2718 Wakefield Rd., Sanbornville, N.H. 03872.

If desired, memorial donations may be made in her memory to: Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

Cremation care by Peaslee Funeral Home. To express condolences, please visit:

Funeral Home

Peaslee Funeral Homes
 Multiple Locations, NH 03835
(603) 755-3535

Published in Fosters on Sept. 1, 2018